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Macroeconomics: International and Monetary Economics

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Are you interested in globalisation, emerging economies and international trade? If so, consider this minor. In this minor you set out to thoroughly analyse phenomena such as economic growth, unemployment and inflation and the design of and challenges to budgetary and monetary policies.

With this knowledge you can understand and evaluate current theoretical and factual developments in the (world) economy. When you have completed this minor, you will be able to participate in and contribute to economic policy discussions. After this minor you will have a major advantage when seeking employment in the public sector, in private corporations, NGOs and international organisations.


This minor consists of 30 EC spread over two semesters.  There are four compulsory courses which cover a wide range of topics in macroeconomics (24 EC). This is supplemented with one elective that gives you the possibility to gain more knowledge of a particular subject (6 EC).

Curriculum for 2020-2021:

Compulsory courses (24 EC)


  Semester 1 Semester 2
Period 1 Principles of Economics  
  Mathematics 1 for Economics  
Period 2 International Trade and Investment Macroeconomics 2

Electives (6EC, pick one)

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Period 1 Money and Banking Development Economics
Period 2 International Money & Finance History of Economic Thought
Period 3 Monetary and Fiscal Policy  

You can find the programme and detailed course descriptions of the current academic year in the Course Catalogue. Please note that the content of the courses may be subject to change. The new course catalogue containing the final programme will be published in the beginning of June.

Entry requirements

  • This minor is open to students who have successfully completed their first-year (60 EC) of a research university Bachelor's programme.
  • Students from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who passed their first-year programme (60 EC) can also be admitted.
  • This minor is open for students of the BSc Business Administration. Instead of the course "Principles of Economics", they have to take an additional restricted-choice elective.

  • Students of the BSc Econometrics and of the BSc Actuarial Science obtain an exemption for the Minor-courses “Principles of Economics” and “Mathematics 1 for Economics”. These students then have to take two additional courses from among the above list of elective courses in order to ensure that their Minor-programme consists of 30 EC.

Required prior knowledge

  • No prior knowledge in the field of economics is required.
  • Students are expected to possess sufficient quantitative skills.
  • No prior knowledge in the field of mathematics is required, but students are strongly advised to prepare well if they have doubts about their mathematical skills.

Application and Admission

The application for the academic year 2021-2022 will take place in April. We hope to share more details in February.

More info and contact

For more general information about taking a minor, visit the student website about minors at UvA Economics and Business. Or you can contact the Education Desk.

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September